Call for ExoMars 2018 Landing Site Selection
17 December 2013The European Space Agency (ESA) and the Space Research Institute of the Russian Academy of Sciences (IKI) [on behalf of the Russian Federal Space Agency (Roscosmos)] invite the scientific community to propose candidate landing sites for the ExoMars 2018 mission.
The ExoMars Landing Site Selection Working Group (LSSWG) will support ESA and Roscosmos in evaluating the proposals received, consulting with the wider scientific community, and identifying candidate site(s) for more detailed studies. The LSSWG will then formulate a recommendation to ESA and Roscosmos for the mission's landing site(s).
INTRODUCTION TO THE EXOMARS 2018 MISSION
The ExoMars Programme’s scientific objectives are:
The 2018 mission includes two science elements: a Rover and a Surface Platform. The ExoMars Rover will carry a comprehensive suite of instruments dedicated to geology and exobiology research named after Louis Pasteur. The Rover will be able to travel several kilometres searching for traces of past and present signs of life. It will do this by collecting and analysing samples from outcrops, and from the subsurface—down to 2-m depth. The very powerful combination of mobility with the ability to access locations where organic molecules can be well preserved is unique to this mission. After the Rover will have egressed, the ExoMars Surface Platform will begin its science mission to study the surface environment at the landing location.
From a science point of view, a landing site satisfying the Rover mission’s search-for-life requirements is expected to be also interesting for the Surface Platform.
For the ExoMars Rover to achieve results regarding the possible existence of signs of life, the mission has to land in a scientifically appropriate setting:
The response to this Call will be in the form of a Landing Site Proposal, not longer than six pages (A4 format, 11-pt character size), which must be compiled using the ExoMars 2018 Landing Site Proposal Guide & Template, following the instructions included therein.
Call for ExoMars 2018 Landing Site Proposals (pdf file; 168 kB)
ExoMars 2018 Landing Site Proposal Guide & Template (pdf file; 840 kB))
ExoMars 2018 Landing Site Selection User’s manual (pdf file; 2 MB)
This Call is open to the international Mars science community.
The members of the Landing Site Selection Working Group (LSSWG) cannot propose landing sites or be part of landing site proposals.
This table presents a tentative schedule for the entire Landing Site Selection process.